The psychology of risk taking: toward the integration of psychometric and neuropsychological paradigms.

Abstract

The prevention of counterproductive or antisocial risk taking is a research priority. Attempts to understand risk-taking behaviors are dominated by the psychometric and neuropsychological paradigms, which have developed in relative isolation. Previous studies indicate that risk taking is associated with the sensation-seeking personality trait, although the relationship with impulsivity may be complex. Poor risk-related decision making is associated with lesions to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Further research is necessary to establish which forms of risk taking are associated with the 5-factor model of personality and may be influenced by ventromedial prefrontal cortex functioning. The relationship between risk-related decision making and personality traits is also discussed in order to provide a basis for future research adopting an integrated model of risk taking behavior.

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@article{Llewellyn2008ThePO, title={The psychology of risk taking: toward the integration of psychometric and neuropsychological paradigms.}, author={David J. Llewellyn}, journal={The American journal of psychology}, year={2008}, volume={121 3}, pages={363-76} }